Posts Tagged ‘PC’

Almost 61 per cent of organisations do not monitor for unused software on servers, PCs and laptops

August 1st, 2013

Although the number of software audits businesses are exposed to is on the increase, the majority of firms only have limited visibility into what software is actually being used across their IT estates, according to 1E research.. With businesses unable to pinpoint the exact applications that are being used on their desktops, laptops and servers, they are prone to over-spend on software licenses in order to avoid the fines levied as a result of failed vendor audits.

The survey of 250 IT decision-makers across the UK found that 30 per cent of IT decision makers still rely on ad-hoc and manual methods to track software usage. This is despite 71 per cent of UK firms reporting they have been audited at least once by a software vendor in the last 12 months, and 46 per cent revealing they have been subjected to multiple audits. The research suggests that there is likely to be thousands, if not millions, of pounds worth of preventable and on-going costs associated with unused software or ‘shelfware’ within organisations.

Less than half of respondents said their organisation used a tool that could identify unused software on PCs and laptops. Only 39 per cent, however, stated that their tool could also pinpoint unused software installed on servers.

Sumir Karayi, CEO of 1E, said: “Software licensing represents a major cost, is an administrative burden and a hidden liability for many organisations, with this research clearly showing it is consuming far too much of the IT budget than is necessary. Software vendors are wise to the fact that organisations are struggling to get a handle on their software licensing. So, today it is no longer a question of if they will be audited, but when, and vendors are actively using the threat of these audits as sales opportunities.”

Software license management is getting harder too. Getting application licensing right is hard enough in the physical world, but in a world of desktop and server virtualisation, organisations are faced with a whole new level of complexity. It’s clear that organisations need to get a grip on what exactly they are using and have the ability to compare it to what they need from both an operational and compliance standpoint in order to remain efficient and competitive.

Source:http://realbusiness.co.uk/article/22458-businesses-are-ill-equipped-to-cope-with-software-audits

Digiarty and 2 Other Developers Partner to Provide PC Management Software Bundle Discount

June 24th, 2013

To rerun a PC software alliance analogous to the league giveaway last year, Digiarty is kicking off a latest bundle discount deal by joining hands with two developers of PC speedup & disk partition software. Uniblue SpeedUpMyPC 2013, EaseUS Partition Master Pro and WinX DVD Ripper Platinum are made into an entire bundle and sold at $34.95 only through July 20.

EaseUS and Uniblue are solid partner companies of Digiarty Software Inc. Being distinctive in nature and functions though, all these three programs from the developers can unleash the full potential of your PC in terms of free space, DVD backup and disk management to improve the safer and easier use of computer running Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, etc.

To get the bundle of three essential PC software at the most favorable price, $34.95 for all, please head over to http://www.winxdvd.com/partner-offer/discount-bundle.htm

The bundle pack acts as an all-in-one PC optimization and utility solution. Here is the recap of the main functions of the three software, respectively:

- Uniblue SpeedUpMyPC 2013: Diagnose the current performance of your computer, optimize your system, find out and solve hidden slowdown problems to spur your PC on.

- EaseUS Partition Master Pro: Extend partition especially for system drive, manage disk space in reliable and professional way on MBR and GUID partition table (GPT) disk, and optimize PC performance.

- WinX DVD Ripper Platinum: Convert DVD to AVI, MP4, MPEG, MOV, WMV, M2TS or other common video formats, rip DVD so that it can be played on iPhone, iPad, Samsung, HTC, PSP, WP8, Surface, Android tablets and mobile phones, and copy DVD to ISO and MPEG2 at fastest speed.

Both the PC accelerator and the disk partition tool function in freeing up the space and enhancing the performance of Windows computer. After that, users can have much more space to save a staggering number of DVD movies on hard drive with the help of the DVD converter. To evaluate whether any of the discounted products is worth having, user can download the free trials to give a shot. This promo will last for about one month starting today.

Source:http://www.sbwire.com/press-releases/digiarty-and-2-other-developers-partner-to-provide-pc-management-software-bundle-discount-269960.htm

Experts urge PC users to disable Java, cite security flaw

January 11th, 2013

Computer users are being advised by security experts to disable Oracle’s widely used Java software after a security flaw was discovered in the past day that they say hackers are exploiting to attack computers.

“Java is a mess. It’s not secure,” said Jaime Blasco, Labs Manager with AlienVault Labs. “You have to disable it.”

Java, which is installed on hundreds of millions of PCs around the globe, is a computer language that enables programmers to write software using just one set of code that will run on virtually any type of computer.

It is used so that web developers can make sites accessible from browsers running on Microsoft Windows PCs or Apple Macs.

Computer users access those programs through modules, or plug-ins, that run Java software on top of browsers such as Internet Explorer and Firefox.

The US Department of Homeland Security also said people should stop using Java software.

“This vulnerability is being attacked in the wild, and is reported to be incorporated into exploit kits,” the department’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) said in a notice on its website. “We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem.”

The recommended solution was to disable Java. Three computer security experts also said computer users should disable those Java modules to protect themselves from attack.

A spokeswoman for Oracle said she could not immediately comment on the matter.

“This is like open hunting season on consumers,” said HD Moore, chief security officer with Rapid7, a company that helps businesses identify critical security vulnerabilities in their networks.

Moore said machines running on Mac OS X, Linux or Windows all appear to be vulnerable to attack.

Marc Maiffret, chief technology officer with BeyondTrust, said businesses may need to keep using Java to access some websites and internet-based programs that run on the technology.

“The challenge is mainly for businesses, however, which have to use it for some applications,” he said. “Oracle simply needs to do a lot more to secure Java and get their act together.”

Security experts said the risk of attack is currently high because developers of several popular tools known as exploit kits that criminals use to attack PCs have added software that allows hackers to exploit the newly discovered bug in Java to attack computers.

Source:http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/security-it/experts-urge-pc-users-to-disable-java-cite-security-flaw-20130111-2ckog.html

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